House Dems, Back from Recess, Are Expanding Their Trump-Based Investigations

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"If it came to the floor it would pass and make the negotiations with China and America even stronger", said McCarthy, pointing out that if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delays that measure, it will show that "it's all about politics instead of putting America first".

Trump and some of his fellow Republicans have questioned whether it represented a conflict of interest that Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, a presidential candidate, had served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company.

Nadler said in the statement that the inquiry would press forward.

The resolution allows Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., to call hearings specifically for the objective of receiving information about its investigation and allows committee staff to question witnesses for an extra hour at those hearings.

More than 35 new Democrats have publicly backed an impeachment inquiry since July, meaning a majority of House Democrats now support the effort to push out Trump, according to CNN.

"We will not allow Trump's continued obstruction to stop us from delivering the truth to the American people", he said.

They are also expected to provide the committee with a broader ability to subpoena witnesses and documents, in the face of resistance by the White House.

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"We are already in the midst of an impeachment investigation", she said.

"The committee has taken the next step in its investigation of whether to approve articles of impeachment against President Trump", said a Democratic aide to the committee during Monday's call.

In addition, the panel will be able to accept evidence in closed meetings, and Trump's team can respond in writing to evidence and testimony presented to the committee. Mueller's report describes Trump dictating a message to Lewandowski to give to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the scope of the special counsel's investigation to future election interference.

But it is not clear whether the White House could seek to stonewall the hearing by directing Porter and Dearborn not to testify. It would allow committee lawyers to question witnesses for an additional hour - 30 minutes for each side - beyond the five minutes allowed for committee lawmakers.

There haven't been any formal votes on launching an inquiry or hearings on articles of impeachment, but many Democrats on the panel insist that the committee's investigations amounted to forward movement on the issue - something many are frustrated hasn't happened sooner.

The committee also announced Monday that President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will testify on September 17.

Vice President Mike Pence's recent stay at Trump's Doonbeg resort in Ireland is one example, and House Democrats are already looking into USA military personnel staying at the president's Turnberry property in Scotland - arguing that the president has enriched himself through his official office. More subpoenas are likely. The unprecedented corruption, coverup, and crimes by the President are under investigation by the Committee as we determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment or other Article 1 remedies.

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